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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Return of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

The male Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are the first to arrive. They stake claim to the feeder(s) and the any flowering plants such as native Columbine. Note: In the shade the "ruby" throat of the male appears black.




A few days later the female shows up.




Last Sunday I was entertained by their mating ritual. They were flying back and forth up and down and in all around....every once in awhile they would light on the feeder for a sip....but it was one heck of a brief sip. 


This is the only in flight shot I got that wasn't a blurry mess. This is the female heading for the feeder. Those are House Finches on the feeder in the background. 




This female is a fiesty one. She wouldn't allow the male to keep her from the feeder....and he did try. Male Ruby-throated Hummers do not help in raising their young. The female will be on her own so no dang wonder she is head-strong!


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Wishing all....Peace, Health, Wealth, and LOVE!  


P.S.  There are now 4 eggs in the Bluebird's nest! (BIG SMILE)


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